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The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom, then 
shall I fear? 

The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom, then, 
shall I be afraid ? 

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, 
came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and 

Though an host of men were laid against me, yet 
shall not mine heart be afraid; and though there rose 
up war against me, yet will I put my trust in Thee. 

One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will 
require, even that I may dwell in the house of the 
Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty 
of the Lord, and to visit His temple. 

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His 
tabernacle; yea, in the secret place of His dwelling 
shall He hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone. 

And now shall He lift up mine head above mine 
enemies round about me. Therefore will I offer in His 
dwelling an oblation, with jj'reat gladness; I will sin.a,' 
and speak praises unto the Lord. 

Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when T cry unto 
Thee; have mercy upon me, and hear me. 



My heart hath talked ef Thee. Seek ye my face: 
Thy iace, Lord, will I seek. 

hide not Thou Thy face from me; nor cast Thy 
servant away in displeasure. 

Thou hast been my succor; leave me not, neither 
forsake me, O God of my salvation. 

When my father and my mother forsake me, the 
Lord taketh me up. 

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and lead me in the 
right way because of mine enemies. 

Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversar- 
ies: for there are false witnesses risen up against me, 
and such as speak wrong. 

1 should utterlj 7 have fainted, but that I believe 
verily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of 
the living. 

O tarry thou the Lord's leisure; be strong and He 
shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in 
the Lord. 

The angel of the Lord tarrieth ronnd about them 
that fear Him, and delivereth them. 

The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His 
ears are open unto their prayers. 

The countenance of the Lord is against them that 
do evil, to root out the remembrance of tht-m from the 

The rigeteous cry, and the Lord heareth them and 
delivereth them out of all their troubles! 

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite 
^heart, and wiil save such as be of an humble spirit. 
^ Plead Thou my cause, O Lord, with them that 
,v strive with me, and fight Thou against them that 
fight against me. 



Lay hand upon the shield and buckler, and stand up 
to help me. 

Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against 
them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy 

Whoso dwelleth under the defense of the Most High, 
shall abide under the shadow of the, Almighty. 

I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope and my 
stronghold; my God, in Him will I trust. 

For He shall deliver thee from the snare of the 
hunter, and from the noisome pestilence. 

He shall defend thee under His wings, and thou 
shait be safe under His feathers; His faithfulness and 
truth shall be thy shield and buckler, 

Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror at night, 
nor for the arrow that flieth by day ; for the pestilence 
that walketh in darkness, nor for the sickness that 
dcstroyeth in the noon-day. 

A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand 
at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. 

Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the 
reward of the ungodly. 

For Thou, Lord, art my hope; Thou hast set Thine 
house of defense very high. 

The Lord sitteth above the water flood, and the 
Lord remaineth a king for ever. 

The Lord shall give strength unto His people; the 
Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace. 


77/i? Soldier'' s Prayer in Camp. 

O Eternal God, who by Thy unsearchable wisdom, 
by Thy Almighty power and secret providence, dost 
determine the issues of human counsels, the events of 
war and the return of victory and peace, let the light of 
Thy countenance, and the blessed influence of Thy 
mercy, be once moreshed upon this afflicted land. Pity 
the evils which we suffer under the power and tyranny 
of war, and although we acknowledge Thy justice in 
our sufferings and adore Thee in thy judgments, yet we 
beseech Thee to hearken to our prayers and provide 
a remedy for our calamities. Let not the defenders of 
a righteous cause go away ashamed, nor their counsels 
be brought to nought. Look with compassion upon our 
infirmities and remember not our sins, but support us 
with Thy staff, lift us up with Thy hand, and refresh 
us with Thy presence. And if a threatening cloud 
should still overshadow us, illuminate our minds with 
divine truth that with the eye of faith and hope we may 
see beyond it; catching a glimpse of those mercies 
which in Thy secret providence and adorable wisdom 
Thou mayest still vouchsafe to Thy unworthy servants 
amidst the saddening scenes and hardships of war. 
Give us grace and strength diligently todo our duty and 
cheerfully to submit to Thy will; and as we do put our 
whole trust and confidence in Thy mercy, and havelaid 
up all our hopes in Thy bosom, let us never be put to 
shame or confusion before our enemies: but as Thine 
are the strength and the power, O Lord of Hosts, do 
Thou make bare Thy mighty arm and give us the vic- 
tory. Place a guard of angels, O Lord, about the 
Commander-in-chief, and uphold him with the defence 
of TI13" right hand, that no unhallowed arm may do him 


violence; support him in all his dangers' and trials, and 
give to all under his orders the spirit of confidence and 
obedience. Bless all the subordinate officers and con- 
federates under his command. Direct their counsels, 
govern their actions, unite their hearts and strenghten 
their hands. Inspire all in the army with ready sub- 
mission to lawful authority, with a sense of justice and 
integrity in all their dealings; with courage to resist 
and overcome the furiousnese of our enemies; with 
compassion to spare the vanquished, and with a ready 
will to protect the oppressed; that approving themselves 
to Thee, the Almighty Ruler and Sovereign Disposer of 
all things, they may receive a full reward for their 
fidelity and obedience, and. at last, the gift of eternal 
life, through Jesus Christ our Lord ! Amen. 

Prayers to be used before Battle, 

O Most Powerful and glorious Lord God, the Lord of 
hosts, that rulest and commandest all things; Thou sittest 
in the throne judging right: and, therefore, we make our 
address to thy Divine Majesty, in this our necessity. 
that Thou wouldst take the cause into thine own hand, 
and judge between us and. our enemies. Stir up thy 
strength, O Lord, and come and help us; for Thou givest 
not always the battle to the strong, but canst save by 
many or by few. O let. not our sins now cry against us 
for vengeance; but hear us, thy poor servants, begging- 
mercy, and imploring thy help, and that Thou wouldst 
be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy; 
make it appear that Thou art our Saviour and mighty 
Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Lord be merciful to us sinners, and save us for thy 
mercy's sake. 

Thou art the great God, whohastmadeandrulest all 
things: O, deliver us for thy name's sake. 

Thou art the great God tobe feared above all: O 
save us, that we may praise thee. 

Thou, O Lord, art just and powerful: O defend our 
cause against theface of the enemy. 

O God , thou art a strong 'tower of defence to all who 
fly unto thee: O save us from the violence of the 

O Lord of osts, fight for us; that we may glorify 

O suffer us not to sink under the weight of our sins, 
or 'the violence of the enemy. 

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us, for thy name's 
sake. Amen. 

A Thanksgiving after Victory. 

O Almighty God, the Sovereign Commander of all 
the world in whose, hand is power and might, which 
none is able to withstand ; We bless and magnify thy 
great and glorious name for this happy victory, the 
whole glory whereof we do ascribe to thee, who art the 
only giver of victory. And, we beseech thee, give us 
grace to improve this great mercy to thy glory, the 
advancement of thy Gospel, the honor of our country, 
and as much as in us lieth, to the good of all mankind 
And, we beseech thee, give us such a sense of this great 
mercy, as may engage us to a true thankfulness, such 
as may appear In our lives, by an humble, holy, and 
obedient walking before thee all our days, through 
Jesus Christ our Lo^d: to whom, with thee, and the 


Holy Spirit, as for all thy mercies, so in particular for 
this victory and deliverance, be all glory and honor, 
world without end. Amen. 

Our Father, who art in. Heaven, hallowed be Thy 
name; Thy kingdom come ;Thy will be done on earth, 
as it is in Heaven ; give us this day our daily bread ; 
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who 
trespass against us ; and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil ; for thine is the kingdom, the 
power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

2 Cor. xiii, 14. 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of 
God and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us 
all evermore. Amen. 

Prayer to be used by a Sick or Wounded Soldier, 

O, Almighty God, Father of men and angels, in 
whose hands arethe keys of life and death, to whom it 
belongs justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to 
those who truly repent, look down in great mercy on 
me, Thy unworthy servant, now suffering sickness and 
pain, which Thou in Thy wise providence has sent 
upon me. 

Thou hast commanded us to call xipon Thee in our 
trouble, and hast promised to deliver us. Give me 
grace to rely with unshaken confidence on Thy glorious 
promises. O, leave me not, nor forsake me, for there is 
none that can help or deliver, but only Thou, O God. 
In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be 
confounded. Give me patience and resignation, a per- 
fect abondonment of mv own will and a conformity to 


thine, that I may be prepared to endure evil at Thj r 
hand with fortitude, or to receivegood with thankful- 
ness. But yet, O Lord my God, give Thy servant leave 
to pray unto Thee, that Thou wilt not cut me off in the 
midst of my days, nor forsake me when my strength 
faileth. Spare me, O God, that" I may live to serve 
Thee,to redeem my time misspent in folly,to gain vic- 
tory over my temptations, and perfect dominion over 
my passions. O spare me a little, that I may recover 
my strength before I go hence and be no more seen; so 
shall Thy servant rejoice in Thy mercies, and speak of 
Thy loving-kindness in the church of the redeemed. 
Give me true repentance for all my sins. Enable me 
steadfastly to believe in JesusChrist the Lamb of God, 
which taketh away the sins of the world. Let me be 
washed, let me be sanctified, let me be justified in the 
name of the Lord Jesus, and by Thy Spirit. O Lord 
God. Make me meet, by the renewing of the Holy 
Ghost,for the inheritance of Thy saints, that if it shall 
be Thy pleasure to takeaway my life by this visitation, 
I may rest in Jesus,or if Thou shalt be pleased in Thy 
mercy, to raise me up from this bed of languishing, I 
may always remember Thy goodness, and carry with 
me, through all my days, the impressions which Thy 
grace has now made upon me, and, by Thy help, joy- 
fully serve Thee to thine honor and the salvation of 
my own soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose 
name alone I present my prayer to Thee. 

Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke vpon you and 
learn of me; fori am meek and lowly in heart, and ye 


shall find rest for your souls, for my yoke iseasj' and 
my burden is light.— Matt, xi, 28 29, 30. 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
begotten Son, thatwhosoeverbelieveth inHim should 
not perish, but have everlasting life. — John, iii, 16. 

This is a true saying, and worthy of all acceptation, 
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of 
whom I am chief. — 1 Tim. i, 15. 

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, 
Jesus Christ, the righteous; and he is the propitiation 
for our sins. — 1 John, ii, 1, 2. 

Just as 1 am, without one plea, 
But that thy blood was shed for me, 
And that thou bid'st me come to thee, 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 

Just as I am, and waiting not, 
To rid my soul of one dark blot, 
To thee whose blood can cleanse each spot. 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 

Just as I am, though tossed about, 
With many a conflict, many a doubt, 
"Fighting within and fears without," 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 

Just as I am — poor, wretched blind, 
Night, riches, healing of the mind — 
Yea, all 1 want in thee to find: 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 

Just as I am, thou w r ilt receive, 
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; 
Because thy promise 1 believe, 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 

Just as I am — thy love unknown. 
Has broken every barrier down; 
Now to be thine, yea thine alone. 
O Lamb of God ! I come. 



My God, my Father, while 1 stray 
Ear from my home on life's rough way, 
Oil ! teach me from my heart to say, 
"Thy will he done." 

Though dark my path, and sad my lot. 
May I be still, and murmvr not. 
But breathe the prayer divinely taught- 
"Thy will be done.'' 

What though in lonely grief I sigh 
For friends beloved, no longer nigh ? 
Submissive still I would reply, 
"Thy will be done." 

If Thou should'st call me to resign 
What most I prize — it ne'er was mine, 
I only yield thee what is thine ! 
"Thy will be done." 

E'en if again I ne'er should see 
The friend more dear than life to me, 
Ere long we both shall be with thee — 
"Thy will be done." 

Should pining sickness waste away 
My life in premature decay, 
My Father, still T strive to say, 
''Thy will be done." 

If but my fainting heart be blest. 
With thy sweet Spirit for its guest, 
My (iod, to thee I leave the rest— 
"Thy will be done." 

Renew my will from day to day, 
Blend it with thine and take away 
All that now makes it hard to say 
"Thy will be done." 

And when on earth I breathe no more, 
The prayer oft mixed with tears before, 
I'll sing upon a happier shore, 
"Thy will be done." 


Sun of my soul ! Thou Savior dear. 
It is not night if thou be near: 
O may no earth-born cloud arise 
To hide thee from thy servant's eyeH. 

When the soft dews of kindly sleep 
My wearied eyelids gently steep, 
Be my last thought, how sw r eet to rest 
Forever on my Savior's breast. 

Abide with me from morn till eve, 
For without thee I cannot live: 
Abide with me when night is nigh, 
For without thee I dare not die. 

Watch by the sick ; enrich the poor 
With blessing's from thy boundless store; 
Be every mourner's sleep to-night 
Like infants' slumbers, pure and light. 

Come near and bless us when Ave wake. 
Ere through the world our way we take: 
Till in the ocean of thy love, 
We lose ourselves, in heaven above. 

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